Since Thanksgiving is close at hand I thought I would share our favorite Thanksgiving books and four crafts to go along with them.
Here are our eight favorite Thanksgiving books:
1. Bear Says Thanks by Wilson (my fave)
2. One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by Hennessy
3. A Plump and Perky Turkey by Bateman
4. Turkey Trouble by Silvano
5. Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit by Bridwell
6. The Night Before Thanksgiving by Wing
7. Happy Thanksgiving Biscuit by Capucilli
8. Franklin's Thanksgiving by Bourgeois (Aria's fave)
This is the first year we picked up any Thanksgiving books from the library, so we've only read a handful. Do you have any favorite ones we should look into?
And, here are four Thanksgiving themed crafts to go along with them:
Hand Print Turkey:
-finger paint or tempera paint - red, orange, yellow, brown, and white
-large and small paint brush
-optional: paint pen
Paint your child's hand in turn with the red, orange, and yellow paint and stamp prints on the canvas like feathers. Let dry. Paint your child's foot brown and stamp on the canvas for the turkey body. Let dry. Paint on eyes and a beak. I used a gold paint pen to write 'thankful'.
-construction paper - brown, yellow, red, orange, and green
-stapler and/or glue
Cut two strips of brown construction paper and staple the ends together so that you have a long strip. Measure the strip around your child's head and staple together to make a circle. Trace and then cut out your child's hand from the yellow, red, orange, and green construction paper. Cut out a turkey head from the brown construction paper, and a beak from the yellow construction paper. Glue the beak and googly eyes to the turkey head. To assemble staple the hands in a fanned out pattern onto the brown headband. Then place the turkey head in front of the hands and glue. Let dry and enjoy.
Paper Plate Pumpkin Pie:
-orange tissue paper
-brown construction paper
-1 or 2 cotton balls
-glue (with a little bit of water)
Cut out a slice of pie shape from the paper plate. Get a bowl of glue and add in a little bit of water, just enough to make it easy to paint with a brush. Cut or tear up the orange tissue paper into squares. Let your child paint the glue onto the paper plate and place bits of tissue paper to the glue. Let dry. Cut the brown construction paper into squares, you'll only need a few. Help your child staple them to the edge to look like crust. Let your child glue on whipped cream, aka cotton balls. Let dry and pretend to eat.
Froot Loop Turkey:
-brown and yellow construction paper
There are 6 different colored loops in froot loops, so start out by sorting the loops into color groups on 6 paper plates. Feel free to do this in the morning so it can double as breakfast and color practice. Cut out a turkey head from the brown construction paper and a beak from the yellow. Glue the beak and googly eyes onto the turkey head. And then glue the turkey head onto a paper plate. Get a bowl of glue and water it down just a wee bit to make it easier to work with. Then let your child dip loops into the glue and stick them in color sections around the turkey head. Let dry.
Happy soon to be Thanksgiving! What is your favorite part about Turkey day? Mine is definitely the parade.
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